In response to the viral tweet, Gerighty also briefly changed his Twitter profile picture to the iconic Sam Fisher NVGs, as well as the Splinter Cell logo for his Twitter banner. That probably didn’t fly so well with Ubisoft, and moments later Gerighty’s Twitter profile and banner images were changed back to logos of The Division 2.
Ubisoft has since put out an official statement disclaiming the tweet as just a joke between Ubisoft’s Creative Directors (Gerighty, Dan Hay and Roman Campos Oriola):
“Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do. It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time.”
Whether or not this is a joke or a PR play is up for discussion, but to even witness mention of Splinter Cell from Ubisoft at all is a great sign. The last mainline Splinter Cell title came out in 2013 with Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Since then, the series itself has gone relatively quiet.
Ubisoft has been no stranger to accidental leaks and rumors this year. Numerous rumors and leaks for Ubisoft’s other major franchise, Assassin’s Creed, have come out citing all sorts of setting, plot and gameplay details.